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The 2nd in a series of films, produced by Jack Goldberg and Arthur Leonard, made primarily for the 684 theatres (in 1947) that catered exclusively to Black audiences that were kept out, or placed in a special balcony section, in most of the theatres in segregated America. Plot concerns a struggling band leader's rise to fame after overcoming many obstacles, including a bad-girl vs. good-girl situation. For reasons unknown, Freddie Bartholomew makes a guest-cameo appearnce at the night club, and was featured in the ads and posters for the film, but the producers were barking up an empty tree if the thought was that he would sell any extra tickets in any of the booking situations...black or white. Tondaleyo (the "bad girl") dances, and musical numbers feature Deek Watson and his Brown Dots, Walter Fuller's orchestra, John Kirby's band and Ruble Blakey, former soloist with Lionel Hampton. Written by
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Encouraged by sweet and shapely Sheila Guyse (as Barbara), orchestra leader Billy Daniels (as Bob Jordan) has great success when his song "Cinderella" becomes a hit. Happiness for the couple is threatened when sexy socialite and nightclub owner Tondaleyo (as Vivian Marston) takes an interest in Mr. Daniels, although she is engaged to businessman Jack Carter (as Ralph Williams). The central plot is extremely old hat and given little new life by those involved, but everything proceeds well enough. The music is good and the film features, considering its proximity, one of the strangest and most unexpected cameo appearances in movie history...
Near the end, Daniels (as Bobby) notices a familiar face at a table - it's his old friend Freddie Bartholomew (as Freddie Bartholomew)!
The former child star seems to be reintroducing himself to the public, after service in World War II. This may have been done to provide Mr. Bartholomew with a screen "test reel" as he sought to re-enter the acting business as an adult. Bartholomew obviously still has an engaging screen presence and did go on to some film and television roles, but the effort wasn't sustained. After some fine dramatic roles in episodic television and lending good comic support to the otherwise lackluster "St. Benny the Dip" (1951), Bartholomew retired; with most of his fortune swiped by adults, there simply wasn't enough acting work to make a living.
***** Sepia Cinderella (7/25/47) Arthur Leonard ~ Billy Daniels, Sheila Guyse, Tondaleyo, Freddie Bartholomew
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